Why prison officers and policemen clashed at Edo Tribunal

There was chaos yesterday after policemen and officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service clashed in Benin, Edo State.

Trouble started when a female prison officer was not allowed to drive along the road leading to the Prison headquarters in Benin.

The prison officer said to be a superintendent and dressed in mufti, had insisted on driving towards her office.

The Nigerian police resisted and insisted she must take an alternative route.

The reason behind the police decision was due to the commencement of hearings by the Edo State election Tribunal.

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Vehicular movement was restricted by the police on major routes leading to the Edo State High Court complex.

The decision was instituted to ward off thugs and beef up security around the building.

But an eyewitness said the police operatives refused to grant her access even after she identified herself.

The situation was said to have led to a hot exchange of words and attracted the attention of passers-by.

While trouble was brewing, the gubernatorial tribunal case was in session.

The crisis further degenerated as both the policemen and some prison officers engaged in a brawl.

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The situation was later brought under control after entreaties was made by the superiors from both sides.

The Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, could not be reached for comments as calls to his telephone number were not picked.